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Troubled Lobster Season Wraps Up in SW Nova

The lobster fishing industry in the south western end of Nova Scotia has been going through heady and profitable times during the past decade. While prices still mimicked those paid 30 years ago, the volume landed made up the difference in the all-important take home pay. No matter that signs appear to be a bit amiss on the lobster patch, a volume versus quality mentality pervades this industry to this day — but climate change could put an abrupt end to the catching frenzy, especially ...

Status Quo for 2017 N.L. Recreational Groundfish Fishery

After much public consultation, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced that there will be no changes to the regulations governing the recreational groundfish (cod) fishing season for Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec’s Lower North Shore. In 2016, the fishing season was extended by 14 days to allow a total of 46 fishing days. These measures will remain in place for the 2017 season. In November 2016, DFO held a series of regional consultations, eight public ...

Longer Season, Increased Quotas for 2017 2J3KL Cod Fishery

Fishermen in NAFO Divisions 2J3KL are going to be able to catch more cod this year. In late May, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced the 2017 Northern cod Stewardship/Bycatch fishery will be opening earlier this year, with an increase in weekly catch limits. As well, the 12-mile fishing restriction has been dropped. The season started on June 12, with fishermen permitted to take 4,000 pounds per week, up to June 30. The season will be closed for the month of July when ...

A Man Who Always Had a Plan

Lawrence (Laurie) Sullivan Passed Away April 5 in Calvert at age 59 Lawrence (Laurie) Sullivan had a plan to take his grandchildren capelin fishing in a new boat he was building next to his house in Calvert on the southern shore. The 59-year-old fisherman and heavy equipment operator did not get a chance to carry out that plan, however, after an accident claimed his life near the town’s wharf this spring. His son, Jason, said the family plans to finish the boat, but the tragedy has ...

Fisheries Issues Spill Over Into Protests

The Newfoundland and Labrador fishery has been hit hard by 2017 quota cuts to two of the key and most profitable species. Earlier this year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced a 63 per cent cut to the inshore Northern shrimp quota in Fishing Area 6 — meaning the total allowable catch for SFA 6 went from 48,196 tonnes in 2015 to 27,825 tonnes in 2016, to 10,400 tonnes announced for 2017. This amounted to a 78 per cent quota reduction over two years. In the wake of ...

Expanding Markets for Canadian Lobsters Through Marketing and Branding

With spring galloping along at a brisk pace, the lobster market becomes flooded as many areas re-enter the fishery after laying low over the winter months. This is the case for harvesters in New England and most of the Maritimes, but not for Southwest Nova Scotia, where over 1,600 vessels ply the waters between Digby and Halifax. With the emergence of larger fishing vessels, many harvesters in Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne Counties fish the whole winter, albeit not every day, but as ...

Back on the Water: Signs Point to Good Spring Season for P.E.I. Lobster Harvesters

April 26, 2017 dawned on Prince Edward Island with a roar of engines as more than 1,000 boats sailed from their home ports to the, hopefully, fertile lobster grounds around the province. The weather was ideal, a far cry improvement from some setting days in recent years, when obstacles like harbours choked with ice and dangerously high winds have made major problems for harvesters. But there was nary a sniff of bad tidings this year as the fleet set sail for Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 24 ...

Gulf Snow Crab Quota Even Higher Than Expected

The snow crab supply picture from Atlantic Canada is coming into better focus. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced in April that the quota in the Southern Gulf, which was 21,725 tonnes last year, will more than double to 43,822 tonnes this year. Combined with the Newfoundland quota of 35,419 tonnes, total Canadian harvests from the two primary producing areas will total 79,241 tonnes of crab, or nearly 175 million pounds of live crab if the entire quota is caught. In ...

Changing Course

P.E.I. Lobster Harvester Sells License to Follow Dream of Opening Craft Brewery What’s that old business saying? “Location, location, location.” We’ll, nobody bothered to share that gem of wisdom with fishermen-turned-brewmaster Eric Wagner. And you know what? It probably wouldn’t have made much difference anyway — turns out if you sell a good beer, people will go out of their way to find you. Wagner spent 32 years as a fisherman, sailing out of western Prince Edward ...

N.L. Northern Shrimp Quota Takes Another Big Hit

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has announced a 63 per cent cut to the inshore Northern shrimp quota in fishing area 6 — meaning the total allowable catch for SFA 6 went from 48,196 tonnes in 2015 to 27,825 tonnes in 2016, to 10,400 tonnes announced for 2017. This amounts to a 78 per cent quota reduction over two years. These dramatic cuts to the harvest rate are not in line with the reduction in the Northern shrimp biomass, claims the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union ...